Project Overview

We aim to quantify current and potential environmental impacts of dams on river basins in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Indonesia (Java and Sumatra), one of the most hazard-prone areas in the region. We aim to develop a database on hydropower dams, both existing and under construction, in both islands, through existing data bases, technical reports, literature reviews and key informant interviews with government personnel and non-governmental organizations. Next, we will derive a vulnerability index for river basins affected by dams using as a reference, the Dam Environmental Vulnerability Index (DEVI), which quantifies current and potential impacts of dams in river basins. Our final output is a regional assessment of fluvial basins vulnerability to dams for Sumatra and Java. We anticipate that our predictive assessment and recommendations could be a useful tool for decision makers, stakeholders and scientists to support and design sustainable plans to preserve, and mitigate dam development impacts, in Java and Sumatra. 

Funding Sources

  • Earth Observatory of Singapore

Project Years

2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

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The Team

Janice Ser Huay LEE

Janice Ser Huay LEE

Principal Investigator


Eugenio Arima, Department of Geography and the Environment, University of Texas, Austin

Edward Park, National Institute of Education, Singapore

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